Uncategorized

Cee Lo Green’s Amateur Hour

Posted on

The past Saturday, I saw CeeLo Green perform. CeeLo is a performer I’ve dug on and off since his 2004 album Cee Lo Green is the Soul Machine, and 2012’s The Lady Killer remains one of my recent favorite albums for its powerful neo-soul hooks and rocking horns. His more recent work has been less than spectacular, […]

Uncategorized

Air Flows: The Sound of Breath on Recordings

Posted on

The following is a presentation I gave at the 2014 meeting of the U.S. Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. I am currently preparing this presentation for publication as an article. However, I am publishing this presentation here as a kind of “working paper” in advance of the article. For […]

Uncategorized

The Exhibit that Wasn’t

Posted on

I can’t remember the first time I wore headphones in an art museum. I imagine it was sometime in 2009, when I was in London for several months conducting research for my dissertation. One of my favorite places to spend a weekend afternoon or evening is the Tate Modern, by

Uncategorized

Musicology Is a Political Act: A Response to Myself

Posted on

Bear with me for a moment as I briefly recount two recent and ongoing attacks on public education. Wisconsin In November 2012, Governor Scott Walker opened his attack on his state’s historically excellent public university system. In a much commented upon interview, Walker borrowed language from the misguided Common Core project in grade school education: We’re […]

Uncategorized

Arguing (part 1)

Posted on

(This was intended to be a single reflection on arguing and argument, but it got too long to work as a single entity. This is part one, and part two will follow soon.) Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about argument. I mean “argument” in the broadest sense of making a claim and presenting evidence […]